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Poster: livingspirit Date: Apr 28, 2011 11:31am
Forum: general Subject: Re: Trouble Uploading

Dear Monte,

Thanks so much for your insights and help. Your vast experience will aid immensely in creating high quality recordings for the Internet Archive community. I have spent the last day diagnosing the problem, as the issue seems to be on my end rather than a universal experience. As a blind person, I use a screen reader to speak the contents of a computer screen to me. When my screen reader was running, I received the error message. When I exited the screen reader and a sighted person clicked on the upload link on the same computer in both Internet Explorer and Firefox, the upload screen opened normally without an error and there was full access to the upload screen or the http form to enter metadata and select files. I will report this issue directly to technicians at the Internet Archive and end user support at the screen reader company for resolution.

In the meantime, I was able to upload the audio to a private service connected to my Twitter client and share the URL’s of the files in tweets. While I don’t consider this permanent access to this information, the audio at least has left my hard drive.

Thanks for your offer to help. I would really appreciate it while the various parties work to correct the upload screen access issue for blind users. Could I send a link to a zip file to the Gmail address listed on some of your audio postings? The zip file would contain the three audio files of the hearing along with a text file describing the recording. The files are in 64k MP3 format, which I believe is the preferred standard of the Internet archive for spoken word audio. Each file is between 45 and 60 Mb in size. I have not created the item because the upload page to simply enter the metadata won’t open for me at this time.

I noticed that you use a Nakamichi field recorder. I bought a great Nakamichi tape deck from the 1980s a couple of years ago. For field recording, I am using a Sony MZ-b100 minidisc recorder in mono mode, enabling me to capture 2:40 hours on a single minidisc cartridge. When it was purchased in 2003, it offered the best quality and the longest recording time at a reasonable price. I recently bought a Sony PCM D50 digital recorder that I am learning to use. I don’t have enough confidence yet in using it to take it into the field. I feed the minidisc recordings into a Mackie mixer connected to an Audiophile 24/96 sound card to make a 24-bit 44.100 .wav master. Even though the minidisc is compressed audio, it sounds pretty good. I sampled at 96k bits a few times. For spoken word audio, the difference was not really appreciable. However, the 24 bit makes a whole lot of difference. Sometimes, I edit heavily the spoken word audio files I record to remove speech irregularities, unwanted sounds, or to summarize a longer talk or statement into something concise. The 24 bit audio makes these edits sound seamless. I noticed you use a 48k sampling rate. Does this provide additional headroom as well for edits before a final mixdown?

I noticed you provide much technical detail on your music uploads. Do folks on the Internet Archive also provide this level of detail for spoken word programming as well? I can easily provide this, but I fear that many could be confused by the technical specifics. Yet, this is also an archival recording and some might want to know in the future how the audio was recorded, not just its contents.

Thanks again for all your help and support.

Kelly





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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Apr 28, 2011 1:15pm
Forum: general Subject: Re: Trouble Uploading

Kelly, I had no idea you were visually impaired. At the addy you referenced, you can e-mail me your Chicago City Council audio files, and I can upload them for you. The Archive's Community Audio collection is where your new item will get located. I can create this item for you. I'll take a look at your text file details. If I have any questions, I'll get back to you. Or, visa-versa.

People and musicians who have a better "trained ear" than I do have commented they noticed greater audio fidelity at 24-bit / 48 Khz, as compared to 16-bit / 44.1 Khz. It's mostly noticeable in the harmonics and overall presence. When I started uploading my live music recordings to The Archive three years ago, I used a Lexicon Alpha audio device to transfer my 35-year-old audio cassettes. My computer's built-in audio device is 16-bit. When I did my transfers, The Alpha's device driver is called up in Samplitude. I set everything to 24-bit / 48 Khz. Then the Alpha's 24-bit data stream gets ingested directly into Samplitude's recorder at 48 Khz via my USB port. After the remastering is finished, it gets down-sampled and down-converted, and exported to CD audio format.

In my case, some of my tapes were in very poor condition. I had various types of tape damage on several tapes. I had to splice and repair some of my old audio cassette tapes. A few of my cassette housings had failed. Their cassette reels had to be transplanted into other surrogate cassette housings.

These days, people like Charlie Miller and Bill Koucky would be more knowledgeable and better able to discuss using the best audio equipment professionally. I'm just hanging out at home, not buying equipment, not spending money.

As far as I know, I am the only 60-year-old hippie-Taper from the early 1970s, who is today creating a Taper's Handbook on The Archive, and, also advocating strongly for peace, harmony, and sustainable life on earth for all.

peace,
Monte

p.s.: Your individual audio files (or ZIP file) may be too big for my Google e-mail's attachment size limits. Some people use software like "You Send It" as a secure online file sharing platform that allows you to easily send large files and email attachments or ZIP files. Another option is mailing a CD to me by US Postal Service.

This post was modified by dead-head_Monte on 2011-04-28 20:15:01

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Poster: livingspirit Date: Apr 29, 2011 8:49am
Forum: general Subject: Re: Trouble Uploading

Monte,

I sent you an e-mail to what I thought was your e-mail address and it bounced. I can be reached at KkellyP@Gmail.com. I uploaded a zip file to the SendSpace file storage service. It can be retrieved at:

http://www.sendspace.com/file/plnc8p

or for a shorter URL:

http://is.gd/9xZLnr

The zip file contains the three audio files and a text file that describes the contents. I heard from Jeff Kaplan of the Internet Archive that the lead engineer is looking into the upload screen access issues.

Thanks for all your help! I really appreciate it.

Kelly




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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Apr 30, 2011 7:40am
Forum: general Subject: Re: Trouble Uploading

Hi Kelly,

Your Indy-Media's Chicago Clean Power Ordinance recording is now up and running on The Internet Archive. I easily downloaded your ZIP file, and then I spot-checked your files. The Audio files appeared quite professional. Your text description was excellent.

We had a slight glitch when I upped this last night. Somehow, it wound up in the Community Text collection. I put a note about this on The Archive's Audio Forum last night. Jeff Kaplan came by and moved it into Community Audio collection, where it belongs. This morning, after I noticed this had been done, I went back to your Item's Metadata Editor and filled in some details. It looks like it's all good to go.

http://www.archive.org/details/ChicagoCleanPowerOrdinance

Let me know if you need any changes made to this item. Kelly, you did a Nice Job! Thanks for caring about our Mother Earth.

peace,
Monte

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